Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
2014/2015 Update: Maricopa County has joined forces with jurisdictions from around the Valley to review and update the existing Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The goal of mitigation planning is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from all natural hazard events. Mitigation is not how we respond to emergencies like floods and wildfires, but rather how we as a community minimize or prevent the impact of such things in the first place.
The mitigation planning process involves identifying and profiling the natural hazards most likely to occur in a community, assessing the vulnerability to these hazards, and establishing goals, actions, and projects that mitigate the associated risks. The update of this mitigation plan will also ensure continued eligibility for non-emergency, federal and state hazard mitigation grants.
Public input on the mitigation planning process is important and residents are encouraged to educate themselves about the existing hazard mitigation plan and offer comments on the update. For more information please contact:
Maricopa County Emergency Management
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors officially adopted the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan on April 14, 2010 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA
found the Plan to be in conformance with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations Part 201.6 Local Mitigation Plans.
FEMA’s approval of the Plan is for a period of five years, effective starting date of April 30, 2010.
Hazard mitigation planning reduces the risk to people and property, and reduces the cost of recovering from a disaster.
A hazard mitigation plan can help communities become more sustainable and disaster-resistant by focusing efforts on the hazards,
disaster-prone areas and identifying appropriate mitigation actions. Effective mitigation planning and efforts can break
the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
Maricopa County and twenty four incorporated cities and towns, two tribes and one other governmental organization participated
in a cooperative effort to update the Maricopa County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The County and each
participating community have an approved hazard mitigation plan resulting from this planning team effort to reduce the
potential loss from natural hazards. This plan is a living document that requires adjustments to maintain its relevance and
remain a useful tool and resource.
The planning team members are committed to continuously monitor and document any changes to the recommended actions in the
Maricopa County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This effort is essential for determining the progress made on
each hazard mitigation initiative and in performing the annual evaluations of the plan.
HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN (Full Document) ~24MB
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisor officially adopted the Maricopa County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (MCCWPP)
on May 12, 2010. The goals of the MCCWPP are:
The MCCWPP was developed in response to the Health Forest Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) for at-risks communities and
unincorporated areas in Maricopa County. Maricopa County and 44 partner agencies and communities participated in this
planning endeavor. The MCCWPP establishes a framework to help local governments, fire departments, districts and residents
identify at-risk public and private lands to better protect those lands from severe wildfire threat. Additional functions
of the MCCWPP are to improve fire prevention and suppression activities as well as to identify funding needs and opportunities
to reduce the risk of wildland fire and enhance public and firefighter safety.
- Improve fire prevention and suppression
- Reduce hazardous vegetative fuels
- Restore watershed health
- Promote community involvement
- Encourage economic development
The MCCWPP Core Team Members are committed to continuous monitoring the progress of the recommended actions, priorities and goal.
A Working Group made up of the Core Team Members will meet every six months to assess the progress of the Maricopa County CWPP.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (Full Document) ~16MB
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information or to submit comments and questions, call the Maricopa County
Department of Emergency Management at 602-273-1411.